Most Russian entrepreneurs did not notice the impact of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on their business, TASS reports with reference to the results of a study conducted by the developer of CRM for business ‘Megaplan’ in May 2021 among 1,547 employees and leaders of small and medium-sized businesses.
According to the study, 75.1 per cent of domestic companies did not feel the impact of the third wave of coronavirus on their business. A quarter of enterprises (24.9 per cent) which was affected by the third wave among the signs of its influence on their business named a decrease in consumer demand (44.1 per cent) and revenue (36.8 per cent), tougher security measures (24.3 per cent), frequently ill employees (24.3 per cent), and increased inspections (6.6 per cent).
More than half of those surveyed (53.6 per cent) admitted that they had the hardest time in the first wave of coronavirus. In turn, 14.4 per cent said that the third wave was the most difficult for them and the second one was the worst for 13.2 per cent of respondents. However, 18.8 per cent of Russian companies did not experience any difficulties during the entire period of the pandemic.
When asked what difficulties companies experienced in the first wave of coronavirus, 54.3 per cent mentioned a decrease in demand for services, 14.8 per cent lack of staff, 10.8 per cent lack of investment, 8 per cent increase in rent, 6.2 per cent impossibility obtaining borrowed funds. However, 19.9 per cent of companies did not face any of the above-mentioned problems.
During the second wave of coronavirus, the survey participants most often faced problems associated with reduced demand (38.4 per cent), lack of staff (17 per cent), lack of investment (11 per cent), difficulties with supervisory authorities (10.4 per cent), increased fees for rent (9.3 per cent), and inability to obtain borrowed funds (4.6 per cent). In turn, 31.4 per cent did not experience any difficulties during this period.